Juskeviciute Gets the Gold

Beatrice Juskeviciute wins SEC heptathlon title

BATON ROUGE, La.— The Commodores closed day two of the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships tallying a list of personal bests, Top 10 Vanderbilt marks and a gold medal.

Beatrice Juskeviciute won the women’s heptathlon today, the third title in the event in school history and the first since Garnetta Holloway in 2006. It marked Vandy’s first individual title at the SEC outdoor championships since Kristen Denk captured gold in the pole vault in 2019.

Juskeviciute finished the heptathlon with a score of 6,079—a personal best and first-place finish. Sims finished fourth overall with a score of 5,638, and Murray scored a 5,239, coming in seventh in the competition. The Commodores were the only team to place three athletes in the top-10 of the heptathlon competition.

The day began with Commodores Juskeviciute, Madison Murray and Jada Sims rounding out heptathlon competition.

The Dores took the second, third and fourth spots in the heptathlon long jump competition. Juskeviciute reached 6.03 meters, Sims 5.95 meters and Murray 5.94 meters. Juskeviciute’s mark, a personal best, sits fourth in school history.

In the heptathlon javelin throw, Juskeviciute threw 40.85 meters, finishing third in the competition. Murray threw a fifth-place score of 39.07 meters and Sims recorded a personal best 34.22-meter throw.

The heptathlon finished with the 800-meter run which saw Juskeviciute finish in 2:17.83 for second-place. Sims came in fourth with a 2:21.90 run and Murray’s time of 2:24.83 put her in sixth.

The evening races kicked off with Satana Spearman running a 13.63-second 100-meter hurdles, tying her personal best and current position at No. 4 in school history.

Three Commodores competed in the 1500-meter. Julia Rosenberg ran a personal best 4:26.85, Haley Walker a 4:31.84 and Lainey Phelps a 4:33.77.

In the 400-meter prelims, Taiya Shelby recorded a personal best 51.43 seconds. Her score sits second in school history and was enough to clinch a spot in the 400-meter finals on Saturday. Kaira Brown ran for 54.68.

Madison Fuller represented the Commodores in the 100-meter prelims. She tallied a 12.26-second run.

In the shot put competition, Veronica Fraley threw for 17.23 meters, finishing fourth. Sarah Marvin and Giavonna Meeks each threw personal bests, with Marvin recording a 15.93-meter throw and Meeks a 14.11-meter throw. Marvin and Meeks’ scores sit fourth and fifth respectively in Vanderbilt history.

The night concluded with Joslin Blair and Emma Curry competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Blair recorded a 11:00.59 race, and Curry ran 11:26.57. Curry’s score ranks ninth in school history.

The Commodores continue competition tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. CT.